The designs for the Collective Stitch are gathering in my "to do" box.  Spring is the theme for 2019.  The full list of participating shops will be posted as soon as I feel it is final.  I hate to post a partial list, but may do some next month with a disclaimer "Not the final list - check back". 
To get a complete blog, it is necessary for me to try to go back and move some of the information from previous locations.  Some are lost, but I have copied over some of my blog posts from earlier locations.  If you have looked at the posts, it may seem odd that there are some from 2010 when I took over TSV, but, those were on blogger where I initially started the blog.  Obviously, I have not been very consistent with my blogging.
The site should remain where it is and as it is from now on.  Of course, I say that and then there will be an update that crashes everything. . .


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There is a Holiday Activity Page happening right now on TSV.  To connect with the social area/community, the intent was to have drawing entries be submitted through the group set up for the activity.  A page was created, also, but the majority of the activity is taking place in the group.  I wanted to introduce those who have not visited the community to the latest version of the site.  A year ago, it became necessary to move to a new hosting service and re-do the site.  At the time, the technology was available, but was costly, to migrate all the information and, after taking a poll of the members, decided to start fresh.  Hopefully, the new format will be appreciated as a social media site dedicated to needlework.  I appreciate those who have remained loyal and welcome all who wish to be a part of the best online needlework community!


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 The first edition of the cross stitch activity, Mystery Stitch Bingo, started on July 5, 2018.  When I sat down to create the first design for this, I decided to use a 100 x 100 stitch chart and divide it into 25 sections with 20wx20h stitches each.  I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but got hung up on the 25 sections.  What was created was a "Summer Garden" themed design with 25 spot motifs representing garden features.  These included some water features.  I designed this based on the Sulky cotton petite palette that I used in my "April Showers" design.  I mainly did that because I had them on hand.  I believe that the participants enjoyed the activity.  There were pop-up prizes for days 1, 5, 10, 15, and 20.  The prizes were awarded to the person who first posted a picture of the stitched section for the day.  The grand prize went to Sandy W., who was the first to post a stitched picture of the entire chart.  The next of these will start on September 1 with a design from Rosewood Manor.  I thank Karen for her generousity to and support of The Stitchers' Village!!  Here is a representation of the July chart which will be avaliable as part of The Stitchers' Village Designs portfolio:


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I was awake in the wee hours one night trying to come up with a way to improve the bingo games we have had on The Stitchers' Village in chat.  I then started thinking of an idea for a mystery stitch.  There is something to be said for the thinking process in the middle of the night.  TSV will be hosting a new activity starting July 5.  The Mystery Stitch Bingo will run for 25 days.  The chart will be divided into 25 squares.  Each square will be assigned a number to imitate with a bingo card.  On the first day of the activity, the middle "Free" space will be posted.  for the next 24 days, a random square will be posted.  After the last square has been posted, the first person to post a picture of the stitched piece will win the grand prize.  Anyone who posts a picture of any stitched portion of the project in the 5 days following the posting of the last square will be put into a drawing for some additional prizes.  The charts will be 100w x 100h (generally) and the daily posting charts will only be 20x20.  This should make it easy to catch up if you miss a day here and there.  I hope we all have a great time with this. 

I will admit that, when I started working on the design, the idea of the 20 x 20 squares was stuck in my head.  I ended up with a spot sampler called "Summer Garden".  The "water feature" that is in the center is shown here.


When I redid the site at the beginning of 2018, our membership in the social area dropped and I am working to get it built back up.  The community is a great place to interact with your fellow stitchers!!

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